We are two weeks in to the MLS season, and while there is a ton of soccer left to play, let’s just forget all about that. We are supposed to live in the present, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. Here are my top overreactions to the second MLS matchday.
Inter Miami May Be Legit
I don’t have it in me to make a big statement about the Philadelphia Union yet after one loss, though they did looked outmatched in the first half against Columbus last week too. I’ll give Jim Curtin’s squad the benefit of the doubt first.
For Inter Miami though, that’s two straight good victories now for Phil Neville’s squad. They played Philadelphia tough, and ultimately were just able to pull of more impactful plays than their opponents. Miami played some fun attractive football, and Kryvtsov and McVey really do look like a good unit already. Regardless of what happens with Lionel Messi, this looks like a squad committed to contending in the East.
Seattle is Ready to Contend in the West Again
Speaking of teams looking ready to contend again, the Seattle Sounders have looked fantastic through two weeks. That’s two straight clean sheets now for Brian Schmetzer’s squad, and they played some of their best soccer since the Clint Dempsey-Obafemi Martins days. Jordan Morris looks like a star, Heber looks like a great addition, and Seattle indeed looks back.
LA Galaxy’s Worst Fears May Be Realized
Boy oh boy, things are not looking good for the LA Galaxy. Quickly falling in the shadow of their little brother LAFC despite their reputation as the team in MLS, for the longest they were the only MLS squad that non-Americans would recognize, this was as bad of a start to the season that the Galaxy could have. After a turbulent offseason, with fans protesting the current state of the club, the Galaxy kicked off their season with a 3-1 loss to Dallas FC. This could be a long one for LA.
St. Louis City SC is Paying Off Opponents
Ok so this one is a bit of a joke, but seriously! How the heck does this keep happening?! In TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS now, St. Louis City have been gifted a goal from the opposing defender.
— St Louis CITY SC (@stlCITYsc) March 5, 2023
I mean, look at this! In all seriousness, give all the credit to St. Louis City. They clearly had a vision for building their team their way, what they perceived as the right way.
MLS on Fox Coverage is a Joke
No jokes for this one here, but it’s something that really has to be said.
One of the key points fans who were against the MLS’ move to streaming on Apple TV was the potential lack of exposure of the product to new fans. You now have less of an opportunity of someone accidentally stumbling upon MLS coverage of a match on network television, potentially earning a fan that way. There was somewhat of a sigh of relief when it was learned that there would still be some games televised on Fox every week.
I’m telling you though, if anyone accidentally stumbled upon the presentation Fox has done the past two weeks for MLS, they would never return. Featuring remote coverage from a studio way off from the stadium, Fox coverage looks like a bad public access ripoff when compared to what Apple TV is doing. It sets a bad bar for the MLS.